Your connection to industry & member news
Your connection to industry & member news
Your connection to industry & member news  |  Oct. 20, 2022

SCPA members invited to attend virtual Copyright & Fair Use training on Nov. 17

SCPA members are invited to attend a virtual training session with SCPA Attorney Taylor Smith on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 2-3 p.m. as we delve into fair use and copyright issues, especially in the digital space. We'll cover: 
  • What is protected by copyright?
  • Does the copyright belong to you or your newspaper?
  • Public Domain
  • Creative Commons
  • Elements to establish fair use
  • Digital matters (video, screenshots, embedding, social media)
  • Guidelines for using stock photography
  • Q&A
This session is only open to SCPA members and is free to attend. Please let us know if you’d like to attend. If you have specific questions, scenarios or topics that you'd like Taylor to address, you are welcome to email us in advance.

SCPA receives 4 applications for membership

SCPA has received the following applications for membership:
  • Newspaper Membership: The Woodruff Times, published by Tracy Sanders and Dr. Vareva Harris since 2019. This monthly newspaper is distributed in Woodruff, Enoree, Cross Anchor and other areas.
  • Associate Membership:
      -  S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control, represented by Ron Aiken, Media Relations Director
     -  High School Sports Report, represented by Publisher Billy Baker and Larry Gamble, Senior Photo Editor. This monthly print publication covers high school sports and the achievements of young athletes.
  • Individual Membership: Kenton Makin, writer and podcaster from North Augusta
SCPA's Executive Committee is meeting on Oct. 27 to discuss and approve applications for membership.
The Board will also vote on individual membership applications tabled from the March 12, 2022, meeting including Tony Kukulich of Bluffton and Hanna Raskin of North Charleston.
If you have any comments about the applicants above, contact Jen Madden.

"Whining and demanding" by Robert Ariail

If you can't get enough of award-winning Camden cartoonist Robert Ariail, enjoy his new strip featured every week in the Charleston City Paper, which has granted us ongoing permission to republish it. Called "Lowcountry," the weekly feature, which is available for syndication in South Carolina newspapers, focuses on politics, human nature, the environment and public policy. More: Contact publisher Andy Brack.

Legal Briefs

Federal court leaders agree to refund fees for PACER online records

The federal judiciary has agreed to pay $125 million to reimburse hundreds of thousands of users of the nationwide online records system as part of a proposed settlement made public Oct. 11 in a long-running lawsuit aimed at reducing the cost to access court records.
Three nonprofits accused the judiciary in 2016 of overcharging to review and download records through the service known as PACER, an acronym for Public Access to Court Electronic Records. The agreement, which must be approved by a federal judge in Washington, mainly would refund up to $350 for fees paid between April 2010 and May 2018. Users who paid more during that period would receive an additional share of the remaining funds.
The settlement does not eliminate charges for using PACER. But advocates for court transparency say the unusual case has put pressure on the judiciary to overhaul the system and prompted Congress to act.
By Ann E. Marimow, The Washington Post | Read more

People & Papers


Meg Kinnard wins AP's highest staff honor

Meg Kinnard has been named winner of a $10,000 2022 Oliver S. Gramling Spirit Award, one of The Associated Press' highest internal staff honors.
This year's Gramling winners span the globe, from Thailand to Ukraine to the U.S. They will be recognized in New York in a couple of weeks. 
Kinnard, who lives in Columbia, covers politics in the South, breaking news and the 2024 Republican presidential primary.
In 2021, she was diagnosed with Stage III inflammatory breast cancer, one of the rarest and most aggressive forms of breast cancer, that was discovered only after a series of misdiagnoses at a local health care facility. Determined to live, Kinnard sought a second opinion at a world-renowned cancer facility. Through their expert care and knowledge, her faith, the support of her family, friends and complete strangers, and her sheer determination, she now has no evidence of cancer. Because of this, Kinnard is a fierce cheerleader for self-advocacy and second opinions.
In fact, she ends many social media posts with the tagline: Self-exam. Get a mammogram. Advocate for yourself. #beatcancer
Below is a video presentation recognizing the winners. 

Sumter Item's Goulding named Top 20 Under 40

The Sumter Item's News and Newsletter Editor Shelbie Goulding was recently named a Top 20 Professional Under 40.
The annual contest celebrates professionals with promising and impactful careers across Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties in fields ranging from education and business to media and entrepreneurship.
The contest and event are a partnership between The Item, Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals of Sumter. 
A graduate from Kent State University, Goulding has been with The Item for three years. She originally joined the newsroom as a reporter to cover crime and courts, Sumter government and other local beats. She's also a member of the Young Professionals of Sumter, the Sumter-Palmetto Rotary Club and a graduate of the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce’s most recent Leadership Sumter class.

Post and Courier's Scoppe takes first place in 2022 Carmage Walls Commentary Prize 

Cindi Ross Scoppe, editorial writer and columnist with The Post and Courier, placed first among papers under 50,000 circulation for 2022 Carmage Walls Commentary Prize, presented by America's Newspapers.
Election access and integrity have devolved into culture-war issues across the country in recent years, and that's been the case in the always politically charged state of South Carolina. Scoppe pushed back against this trend, working to keep lawmakers and the public focused on actual problems that need to be solved. In columns and editorials, she has advocated for early voting, state intervention in incompetent county election commissions, changes to voting laws and creative approaches to reduce the built-in biases in the election system that encourage hyper-partisanship. Read judges' comments and view her winning entry.
The People-Sentinel's Publisher Jonathan Vickery visited the kindergartners at Kelly Edwards Elementary School in Williston last week as part of their Community Helpers unit. Vickery spoke to the students about his role as a journalist and how vital newspapers are in keeping people informed.
Staff of The Newberry Observer attended Newberry’s Oktoberfest on Oct. 15. The newspaper was a sponsor and printed the maps for the event.

Industry Briefs

DOL issues independent contractor redo proposal

Recently the U.S. Department of Labor issued its draft new rule (or NPRM) on defining independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act, seeking to replace the Trump Administration’s Rule which was modernized and provided clarity to businesses and workers in this NPRM (view a PDF here). The NPRM is 184 pages. The NPRM rejects the framework of the rule published under the Trump Administration which is currently in effect. It returns to the totality of the circumstances test which it describes as the test applicable for decades to determine whether the worker is free from economic dependence on their employer for work and instead in business for themselves.
While under the FLSA distributors of newspapers and shopping news are excluded from coverage as statutory non-employees, regardless of the independent contractor analysis of the worker relationship, the independent contractor test (and the analysis contained in the NPRM) applies to other non-distribution workers such as freelancers.
By Camille Olson of Seyfarth Shaw for America's Newspapers | Read more

Periodical postage rates to rise dramatically in 2023

Local newspaper publishers entering their subscribers’ newspapers at local post offices will see an average 7.6% increase in postage rates in Jan. 2023. The increase was announced recently by the U.S. Postal Service. Newspapers mailed outside the county will increase by an average of about 4%.
The increase comes as USPS is experiencing inflation pressures and also raising prices to improve revenue for its operation, where a new Delivering for America plan will roll out major changes in the way mail is handled and transported.
From National Newspaper Association | Read more

24 lessons for the 2022 elections

Midterm elections are coming up, and it’s vital for newsrooms to prepare. During the 2022 ONA conference in Los Angeles, API’s CEO and Executive Director Michael D. Bolden, Hearken’s CEO Jennifer Brandel and Lenfest Institute for Journalism’s Head of National Programs Amy Kovac-Ashley shared best practices, case studies and resources to help journalism organizations engage voters and provide resources needed for their audiences to cast informed ballots in the upcoming elections. Here are the 24 practical and actionable lessons for the 2022 elections they shared. You can check out the full deck here and a live Twitter thread here.
From American Press Institute | Read more


By David Chavern, 
President, News/Media Alliance  

Supporting free speech means protecting quality journalism

For centuries, citizens have turned to their local news for the latest breaking and investigative news, and to learn about hot-button issues that affect their communities. As we celebrate Free Speech Week, a nonpartisan, non-ideological event designed to raise awareness and celebrate the importance of free speech and a free press in the United States, we highlight the important role that local media, who promote these freedoms, play in every local community.
Through news media, citizens can express themselves and advocate for their causes, whether they be political, religious or just personally meaningful to us; share our thoughts and ideas; petition the government; and plan assemblies. Local journalism can be our own personal amplifier for sharing our unique perspectives, as well as a wider lens through which to view and engage with our communities.
But beyond offering a means for citizens to exercise their First Amendment freedoms, news media also help protect those rights: through their role as government watchdogs. They are often the first to report when government officials try to overstep their bounds and hinder Americans’ right to information, made available through freedom of the press. Journalists work to keep the legislative process transparent and hold government officials accountable. Perhaps because of our prominent mention in the Constitution, news media are uniquely committed to their pursuit of the truth. Read more

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